Three aspirants including Ibrahim and two immediate past commissioners under the Mimiko administration, Messrs Sola Ebiseni and Bamiduro Dada have obtained nomination forms from Sheriff’s camp, while two in the Mimiko camp- Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, and Saka Lawal have approached the Makarfi faction for their nomination forms as at the close of the sales on Tuesday.
While Sheriff’s camp sells its form for N13m, the Makarfi-led camp asked aspirants to cough out N16m as was done in Edo state.
The sudden appearance of Ibrahim on the political scene in the state after abandoning the PDP for years, threw spanner into the peaceful political atmosphere in the state. Ibrahim, instead of collecting his nomination and the Expression of interest form in Akure, Ondo state raced to Abuja to obtain his.
Infact, he worked against the party in previous elections as he joined forces with the likes of Olusola Oke, the former deputy governor Alhaji Ali Olanusi, Victor Olabimtan, Niran Sule to mobilize support for the All Progressives Congress, APC.
But governor Olusegun Mimiko who read between the lines, knew that Ibrahim was plotting to pull the rug off his feet swung into action to check mate him .
Vanguard reliably gathered that Dr Mimiko had to court Sheriff after sensing that the crisis over who is the authentic National Chairman of the party may drown the chances of his party in the November governorship race.
Infact, the governor was said to have collected two form of expression of interest from the Sheriff faction during one of his visit to him as a last joker to silence and pull the same rug off the feet of Ibrahim and send him packing. Ibrahim was said to be confused following the action of the governor which came as a big surprise to him.
The governorship aspirants, who the forms were obtained for, remained shrouded in mystery by the incumbent and his close allies.